So I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and shit is going to get crazy in April. Camp NaNoWriMo is kind of like regular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), except there’s a lot more flexibility over the kind of project you can work on and the targets you can set (words, lines, pages, hours). Also, it happens in April. And July, in case April doesn’t suit or once a year isn’t enough for you.
The cuteness of Camp NaNoWriMo is ridiculous and it makes me so happy. There are ‘cabins’ you can create, join or be assigned to, where you get to work with other writers to support and encourage each other. I’m in a cabin with some of the lovely folks from ElloWrites over at Ello.co (did I mention Ello is my new favourite?) so I’ll have nice people nudging me towards the 20k word goal I’ve set for The Book.
As much as I’m sort of terrified – I have a love-hate relationship with deadlines, even self-imposed ones – I’m really excited because I now have a timescale for my current project. I’ve decided to aim for a novella rather than a full-length novel, simply because it’s my first full book and it’s more important to me to actually finish it than to write a super long thing. My plan is to spend the rest of March finishing my character profiles and creating a plot (yeah, that’s maybe an important part of the book) and structure, so when April hits I’ll be ready to rock and hopefully complete my first draft in a month. I’m trying not to hyperventilate too much as I type those words. Deep calming breaths. Yoga. Herbal tea. Pictures of kittens. Phew.
I’ve been toying with ideas about how to release The Book (I really need to give it a title soon) out into the world when it’s done. I’m not totally against the idea of traditional publishing but I know it’s not going to be the right route for this project, so I’ve been looking into self-publishing platforms. I woke up this morning with the idea of releasing it chapter by chapter simultaneously on a number of different apps and sites, and then possibly making it available as a full download on more mainstream platforms like Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books. I’m considering doing all this for free but with the option to pay a whatever-you-can-afford or whatever-you-like amount through PayPal so people who enjoy The Book can contribute to keeping me fed and warm while I write the next one.
I’m also considering using Patreon but I’m not totally sure how it would fit in with everything else yet or what would be the best way to give people awesome stuff in return for supporting my creativity. I still can’t seem to get away from being both a writer and a photographer, but maybe I don’t need to and it’s actually fine to continue working in both those mediums.
It’s all just at the nebulous thoughts stage right now and will probably stay that way until after April because I really want to focus on The Book until then. I’m pretty excited about everything though and I hope you’ll follow along with my adventures in creating words and pictures. I’ll be updating here with progress and the usual ramblings, and you can also find updates and other brainspew on Twitter, Facebook, Ello and Tumblr.
I’m having a hot threesome for the rest of the day with a big squishy armchair and City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. I hope your weekend is wonderful!